Friday, February 02, 2018

Review Day

There are no major spoilers in these reviews.

Vexed, Season One:
This is a British show in the mismatched-partner-cop genre. It's pleasant enough and has a few good laughs, but doesn't really have anything unique going for it. Had the first season been any longer than 3 episodes, I probably wouldn't have finished it. I might watch the next season once my queue of good shows runs out again but wouldn't prioritize it. Free on Netflix.

Final Grade: C+

The Big Sick (R):
I really enjoyed this rom-com movie, mainly because of its realistic, flawed characters and understated drama. It has a good balance of funny and dramatic moments and some great performances (finally something I like Ray Romano in). The feel of this movie is kind of what I hoped for (but didn't receive) from the second season of Master of None. Free on Amazon Prime.

Final Grade: A

Stranger Things, Season Two:
I wasn't over the moon about the first season but gave this one a chance. This season takes over five episodes to build up any watchability (Rebecca abandoned it during episode 5) but actually ends up with a pretty decent pay-off in the end (episode 6, 8, and 9 form a really strong climax). Episode 7 is completely unnecessary and should have been broken up into the "C" story across all of the other episodes. Also, the sound mixing is uniformly horrible -- some old people like hearing all of the dialog without having to turn down the sound at every jump-scare. Free on Netflix.

Final Grade: C+

Stardew Valley:
I picked up this Harvest Moon clone on the Nintendo Switch because it seemed like a game that would be calming fun in short bursts. I should have trusted my judgement from the time I owned Harvest Moon on the GameCube, as I'm really not the right audience for it (see also, JRPGs). The game allows you plant a little farm and tend to it and form friendships with a bunch of villagers which would be perfect if I liked casual gaming. However, I found myself getting bored pretty quickly and the multi-minute save time between each "day" didn't help matters out.

Final Grade: C

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